First off let me say that I had the opportunity to chat with Olivier prior to purchasing this and he
couldn't have been any more humble. He is extremely passionate about what he does and I envy that. I
also spoke with Vanishing prior to the release, and I can say that they aren't so friendly a lot of
the times. Regardless, I thought this was something visually creative and up my ally (as i do mainly
mentalism & some visual magic) however, i was unfortunately fooled.
I will be very very
clear... This is NOT a worker. This is NOT practical. Imagination Box is a different way of doing
some of things you can do with TOOL but with added the dry erase white board component of this
product - and a new method (one i am not a fan of) really makes this seem like it will have a a lot
of blowback for people that have similar situations as the months go by and the reviews come in.
I spent so much time on the DIY part of this & now on a review, regardless I wanted to
share my experience to help you when looking at a product I have a positive/ negative response from.
The video states 15 minutes or however long approx. The reason it took me so long is #1 - I learn
differently, & #2 - I did not know until creating the gimmick with materials provided that I would
have to make TWO Imagination Boxes!!!!! Honestly, this is so falsely marketed Box means ONE, it
should be BOXES or another name than imagination. Also I HATE THREAD. I will NOT go into what the
thread is used for or how, but that is a big component into this which makes the DIY NOT what is
advertised nor should you say that with cool graphics in your trailers because they make things
sound great until you have a situation like mine.
The Trailer is deceptive as you are made
to seem like you are creating these possibilities all from one box, but you have to make up two
boxes. You don't get enough of some of the materials to fully make two boxes as I noticed and
checked what I would need to make the second one. The whole purpose of the SECOND BOX is to do
things like you would SIMILAR TO TOOL. If you watch the trailer, at times you will see a dry erase
piece on the box - and at other times you will see it looking NORMAL with no dry erase piece. That
is what I am talking about with the TWO BOXES you have to make if you want to do those two different
effects. Even if you wanted to do some of the effects with the NON Dry Erase/ normal box you would
make - YOU WOULDNT HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS TO MAKE THE EFFECTS HAPPEN! In the Instructional, Olivier
shows you what he did with some parts that magicians use in these kind of gimmicks / boxes and that
part was NOT included , yet shown on the box how to set up (very hard to find as it needs to be,
In addition, I received the white board card crooked and off center as if it
was cut differently. I get that they wanted to go DIY so you could make this yourself and cost of
the parts are much cheaper versus them shipping you a fully finished product/ gimmicks - however I
would have much rather received a fully finished product/ gimmick two boxes and paid more for it due
to all of these troubles, missing pieces to do the second box effects, & lot of DIY that is beyond
15 second by far. Don't get me wrong - I love getting crafty, creating things from others and myself
however - I cannot stand when you are looking forward to something that really could have been made
and shipped out but due to labor, sales etc. I can really see how cheap they went on this just by
the small flat box, online video - Dont be Fooled as i said...
The Angles are not too
great. You have to really cover yourself and a good chunk of the last part of the video is focused
on angles... Its a lot of time and I was hoping it would be more ideas to do (which Olivier does go
over some cool things and I will say that there is NO SOH for the most part pending what you want to
do) however it focused mostly on the DIY ; then you realize you have to make two boxes to do what
you are about to see next and dont have the materials to do the things you can do with that second
box, WAIT! But if you have TOOL, then you are set!
So where is this going? I dont know how
many card boxes you want to carry around with you and even the one itself, I am not crazy about. I
honestly LOVE the idea of what Olivier was going for here, but I simply wont work with the materials
/ method used for this product you need to put together , not the whiteboard - something else that
you would find upon opening it. Overall, I am honestly very disappointed. I had higher hopes for
this. I thought this would be something new and practical, but it is the opposite of those things.
It is not a worker by any means and takes up so much space as if we all have enough decks &
gimmicked decks set up in our arsenals.
In the end, I wasted a lot of my time & money. I
cannot speak for what will work for you, I can only explain my experience. Thought it would be
helpful to share, so think about how practical this would be in your case. I look forward to more
releases and Penguin Exclusives to come, I am not surprised by Vanishing's lack of information on
this product as it never had the bio that you see when I purchased of course for a pre order - but
thereafter it released and shipped, I am on Penguin's pages daily checking whats trending and never
saw the updated bio till recent days. Bottom line - I'm not a "Vanishing" fan, and this is not the
first time they have wasted my Time and Money.
I will NOT be asking for a refund or a
store credit because I honestly do not want to deal with the headache of going through that process
again with another product and the little materials you do get - I can save for my own creations.
I was going to give this a 1 rating, but Olivier as I said was and is a great person with
passion behind his creations however this whole project is a mess in my opinion & with the amount of
time I went through, I couldn't be more frustrated than anything. Vanishing inc is turning into
Sandsminds slowly... not always but at times it seems their products are getting more deceptive and
NOT PRACTICAL. So yes Vanishing INC, you get the 2 rating. I hope this helps you on your decision
making & that my review has been informative, all the best!
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Yep. Another wonderful craft project. I figured with the amount they are charging for this packet,
that there might be a gimmick assembled already. No luck. Very disappointing. The video is half
ass too. The trick doesn't even look good once it's made, and to watch the creator struggle with it
This one get's my all time lowest score. If you make $200 for an hour of
performance, then this effect is costing you $130 to make, because it will take about a half hour to
Steer away from making the same mistake I made by buying this. Trust me.
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So I finally had a chance to make the gimmick and got a chance to play around with this. I'm gonna
be honest, when I watched the download I was a little worried.To me it didn't really seem workable
and it seemed very angley. I decided to put together the gimmick and see how it actually played. It
took about 5 minutes for me to make the gimmick but if you have no experience with making this type
of thing it will probably be closer to 30 minutes. I practiced the "move" (gimmick does everything)
and it looked super good in the mirror. I wasn't for sure if it would still be workable so I went to
my mom to show because she will call me out if it's a garbage trick or looks bad. So I did it for
her, and she loved it. I tried again with different objects at different parts of the day and she
didn't catch anything and was impressed everytime. However, I would not recommend performing this to
the same person multiple times. I played around with the handling as well and adapted it so I can
hold normally and perform it. Olivier's handling works just find but I like holding it how I usually
hold a deck of cards and that is an option if you are concerned about that kind of thing.
pros of this trick would be: Very visual, can produce about anything (anything that can fit on your
drawing) there is no palming, and angles are better then I thought( probably about 95 degrees).
The cons : I don't believe this can be used anytime like the ad copy says, the get ready is
really short but you can't do it in front of your spectators. I can only really see this being used
as an opener. The box also can't be examined before or after the change.
All in all I think this
trick has a lot of good points and it's something I can see myself using especially if someone wants
to just see something really quick. All in all I rate this a 4/5.
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Alright so after reading the first two reviews I emailed penguin and asked what their return policy
was, because I had made a mistake by ordering an effect without waiting for real world used reviews,
and was basically waiting for this package to arrive so I could return it. Well, it arrived a few
days ago, and I got a chance to watch the tutorial and create the gimmick. I think I would call it
more of a utility device rather than a gimmick though. Needless to say, I did not return this
effect. I watched the download and figured that it was worth the time it took to construct the
device. The method is clever, and it looks great. If you're not afraid to take 40 minutes to an hour
out of your schedule to construct this device, I believe you will have a good time using this
effect. The trailer is true in stating your imagination is the the limit. You can easily perform the
effects in the trailer. And much more. You actually receive props to make two different devices that
allow you to perform different effects such as appearances, vanishes, predictions, changes and
transpositions. The downside is you aren't clean to begin with, and box itself can't be examined by
the spectator. However, you can show your hand empty before you do the "move" (hardly a move.. It's
basically self working); and you can show both hands empty as well as all sides and angles of the
card box after you've completed the effect. Everything is hidden and you have a full deck of cards
inside. You just can't hand out the box. However.. do a card trick? People will forget about the
box. It's a good effect. It'll be great for opening at walk around events or any situation really. I
will be using this to introduce new props, or change props, myself. They COULD have included an
already made device, however, I think they took the right approach by having buyers make it
themselves. To keep cost down, and because realistically it would just take way too long for them to
mass produce these things. If you aren't willing to put some time into your art.. then I guess this
isn't for you. But really.. neither is magic.
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I really like this effect, and the possibilities that come from the utility!
does take a while to put together yourself and it can be difficult. It is angle sensitive and would
not be for every situation.
However, in the hands of a professional performer, or even an
amateur with good audience management skills, this utility does have the versatility to add an
amazing moment of visual magic to a routine.
In my opinion, the best way to use this effect
would be as a surprise, the kicker to an effect as a surprise visual, unexpected transformation.
I will be using this, especially for walk around, with handling that I have developed to
eliminate set up and angle difficulties, as it is too versatile and amazing an effect to be
intimidated by the challenges.
All this being said, this is not for everyone. I expect
creative magicians, and those that do not like to copy routines, and would rather develop and create
their own handlings and ideas to use this. If you do not like arts and crafts, want something fully
routined to walk step by step through, and for it to be bullet proof with angles and all audiences
without effort, this is not for you.
It did immediately spark my imagination and I will be
using it for many different purposes. 4 out of 5 for me personally, 1 star off because for all the
effort on the side of the magician purchasing the effect, it seems overpriced for what you actually
end up receiving in the way of materials and depth of ideas from the video.
Think about if
you would use it and how before buying. If you are a creative magician, this is for you. If you like
no effort effects and shows, this is probably not for you.
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semi-practical (see below)
appears clean at the
end (though it isn't)
fast reset; 5-10 seconds
noisy- be careful of doing this in
a quiet environment
finicky arts and crafts involved (one time only per box, though)
semi-practical (see below)
similar gimmick to Ink-a-Change though used in some different ways
box is unexaminable
a bit angly- no one can be behind you or at your sides
You can only
do this as an opener (though you theoretically could use this for each table you approach after a
Some notes on the above: You could perform this walkaround but you would need to
duck out of sight for the reset- that and the angle limitations are why I list it as only
semi-practical. The box is not examinable but you can show it fairly on all sides and chances are
the spectators won't suspect it but you must prepared to use your audience management skills in case
they do. Since you can keep the cards in the box, it's probably best to immediately remove them
(allaying some suspicion) and go directly into a card trick.
1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
Just add to card it very good!
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All other post bad review need to grow up this trick is great i love building gimmicks.i was hoping
it was set up so i xan build it and so it is.
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This is good magic, a real cool idea. A method I haven’t seen. BUT! It comes in pieces. Everything
you need to construct the gimmick, other than a pretty standard card box, is included. But I HATE
arts and crafts and that’s what this is. A pretty involved one, in my opinion. I wish I had been
warned because, had I known, I would not have purchased this. Sorry.